FINGHIN COLLINS – PIANO
Finghin Collins was born in Dublin and studied with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and with Dominique Merlet at the Geneva Conservatoire. He established his international reputation by winning the 1999 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition. Since then he has performed with leading orchestras such as the Chicago, City of Birmingham and Houston Symphony Orchestras, the Seoul, London, Rotterdam and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Myung-Whun Chung, Hans Graf, Emmanuel Krivine, Sakari Oramo, Heinrich Schiff, Vassily Sinaisky, Leonard Slatkin and Frans Brüggen.
Engagements in the current season include début performacnes with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Brabant Orchestra and Orchestre de Bretagne, as well as a recital tour of Korea with cellist Han-Na Chang. He also begins his second season as Associate Artist of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, continuing his cycle of the complete Mozart piano concertos, commencing a performance of all the Beethoven piano concertos, as well as premiering a newly-commissioned work for piano and orchestra by Deirdre Gribbin.
His recordings of Schumann’s piano music for Claves Records in Switzerland have received widespread acclaim, including Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine in 2006. His most recent recording for Claves of works by Stanford with the RTE NSO has also been very well received, and was Editor’s Choice in May 2011.
Finghin Collins has been Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival since its inception in 2006, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dublin International Piano Competition. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Concert Hall (2001 - 2006), Musician-in-Residence in South Dublin County Council (2005 - 2008) and Artist-in-Residence in Waterford Institute of Technology (2005 - 2009).
See www.finghincollins.com for more.
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